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Coalition Hails Passage of Legislation

It’s a key milestone in protecting victims of domestic violence and their pets.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WASHINGTON, DC – A group of nonprofit and for-profit organizations lauded the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill) after advocating for legislation to better protect domestic violence survivors by establishing the critical importance of protecting their pets, too. With the inclusion of key elements of the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 909, S.322) in the Farm Bill, Congress took an essential step in removing a roadblock to the safety of these survivors with pets.

“Thanks to bipartisan passage of the PAWS Act by Congress, more domestic violence shelters will allow survivors of abuse to heal with the love and support of their beloved pets,” said Nina Leigh Krueger, president of Purina. “This is an important milestone in the coalition’s collective efforts to create safer communities for pets and pet owners, and Purina will remain steadfast in our commitment to keeping pets and people together, particularly during times of crisis.”

This provision of the Farm Bill establishes grants for domestic violence shelters to carry out programs to provide emergency and transitional shelter and housing assistance or short-term shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence victims with pets, service animals, emotional support animals, or horses. Grants awarded may also be used for programs that provide support services designed to enable someone fleeing domestic violence to locate and secure safe housing with their pet, safe accommodations for their pet, or related services such as transportation and other assistance.

The PAWS Act Coalition would like to thank the original co-sponsors of the Pet and Women Safety Act for their leadership and commitment to its passage, especially the lead sponsors Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). The Coalition is also particularly grateful for Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) for spearheading the effort to pass the bill by including its language in the Farm Bill.

“No one should have to make the choice between finding safety and staying in a violent situation to protect their pet,” said Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5). “This law empowers survivors with the resources to leave a dangerous situation while being able to continue to care for their pet. I’m grateful for the partnerships we’ve formed between organizations working to end both domestic violence and animal abuse. Together, we will help save lives.”

“The PAWS Act Coalition looks forward to working with federal agencies to support implementation of this new law and to helping raise awareness of this important legislation among the domestic violence shelter and pet care communities,” said Steven Feldman, Executive Director of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI). “Our work is far from over, but this victory is the momentum needed towards real, life-saving change for domestic violence survivors and the pets that bring them so much joy and comfort.”

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Organizations in the PAWS Act coalition include:

  • Purina (Nestlé Purina PetCare)
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)
  • Noah’s Animal House
  • Pet Partners
  • Urban Resource Institute

Two of these organizations, Noah’s Animal House and Urban Resource Institute are just a couple of the only 3% of domestic violence shelters across the country who are working to keep both pets and their owners away from the dangers of domestic abuse. Together these two incredible organizations have saved more than 1,500 pets from abusive conditions, so that no domestic violence survivor is forced to choose between staying in an abusive relationship and leaving their pet with their abuser.

Did you know?

Up to 65% of domestic violence victims remain in abusive situations out of fear for their pets’ safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4,774,000 women in the United States experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year.

The majority of domestic violence situations include pets in the household, and 85% of women residing in domestic violence shelters reported a pet was harmed by their abuser.

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A growing body of science has demonstrated a link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. An outlet of emotional support for victims, the family pet often becomes a target for physical abuse.

“As we’ve seen throughout the past five years of running URI’s PALS (People and Animals Living Safely) Program, abusers often threaten to harm or inflict violence on a pet in order to control their victims,” said Nathaniel Fields, president and CEO of URI. “Not only do pet-friendly domestic violence shelters provide a critical avenue for escape, but they also channel the healing power of the human-pet bond during times of crisis and transition. The passage of the Farm Bill is an exciting milestone in this coalition’s work to ensure that all individuals facing abuse and their beloved pets can live the safest, fullest lives possible.”

“Since 2007, Noah’s Animal House has cared for over 1,400 pets of domestic violence victims from 21 states across the U.S, in addition to our home state of Nevada. Women drove thousands of miles from Florida, Oklahoma, Maine, Texas and others, driving past other women’s shelters in every state for one reason only – their pet had to be included in their escape plan” stated Staci Columbo Alonso, founder of Noah’s Animal House. “With the passing of the PAWS Act, more local women’s shelters can become pet friendly.”

“Survivors of domestic violence should not have to choose between their safety and a loved one,” said Lauren Dorsch, deputy director, communications, Bayer Animal Health, “and this legislation is an important move toward supporting shelters in their efforts to provide a safe place for survivors to heal without saying goodbye to their pets.”

“In support of the PAWS Act Coalition, Pet Partners grassroots advocates made their voices heard during every step of the legislative process – recruiting key co-sponsors in the Senate, supporting passage of the Senate Farm Bill, targeting members of the Conference Committee, and building support in communities across the country. Thanks to their efforts, many thousands of constituent messages, tweets, and phone calls to Congress were made emphasizing the importance of these provisions. Pet Partners is grateful for their actions that will help pets and people remain together in traumatic situations – when they need each other most,” said Annie Peters, CEO of Pet Partners.

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Tim Siedlaczek Joins PetGuard As Director of Sales

He will be responsible for building even stronger relationships with PetGuard distributors and retail partners.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PetGuard, a producer of pet food and products for 40 years, recently announced that Tim Siedlaczek has been hired to head the company’s national sales force. In his new role as director of sales, Siedlaczek will be responsible for building even stronger relationships with PetGuard distributors and retail partners, as well as guiding and inspiring his associates to take PetGuard sales to new heights.

Siedlaczek most recently served as senior director of sales for Spectrum Brands, where he was instrumental in expanding the size and scope of the pet, home and garden business unit for seventeen years. Prior to that, he held the position of national accounts manager at H.J. Heinz and managed a number of teams selling branded products to pet specialty distributors and retailers, as well as through the food, drug and mass channels.

“Tim has a sterling track record in the pet product industry,” comments Bill Shaner, managing partner and CEO of PetGuard Holdings. “We look forward to the leadership and experience he will bring at this momentous time as we celebrate our 40th anniversary year.”

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Bow Wow Dog Houses Offer Chew-Free Entrances

It has teamed with The Pro Design Group.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Los Angeles-based Bow Wow Dog Houses, a leader in eco-friendly dog house manufacturing, has teamed with Southern California-based company, The Pro Design Group. The companies have announced an alternative choice to the metal flashing typically selected as an option for door openings on Bow Wow Dog Houses’ homes.

The new material used for the doghouse entrance is an extruded ABS molding that will cap the framing trim around the door. ABS is an opaque thermoplastic and amorphous polymer. The ABS molding was designed in a joint creative project with The Pro Design Group’s Jake La Dow and the Bow Wow Dog House team. In working together, they created a product that provides a barrier in the door opening frame that is both durable and matches well with the aesthetic values for which Bow Wow Dog Houses is known.

“PDG has established a stellar reputation as a business-to-business leader of commercial manufacturing for its fabrication of thermoformed goods.” said Larry Hobbs, president and CEO of Bow Wow Dog Houses. “Since the front door entrance of a dog house is a common area for dogs to chew — especially puppies — we were motivated to come up with an alternative to metal flashing. We couldn’t be happier with the outstanding results of this collaborative effort.”

“We were delighted to partner with Bow Wow Dog Houses on a project that has such a positive impact for dog owners,” said La Dow, sales manager of The Pro Design Group. “We have wanted to work with the pet industry for a long time, but wanted to find the right partner, ideally Los Angeles-based. Delivering state-of-the-art solutions is what PDG is all about, so teaming-up with Bow Wow to meet a longtime need for pet owners was particularly rewarding for us.”

All Bow Wow Dog Houses can be retrofitted with the new door flashing material and can be ordered through their web site at bowwowdoghouses.com.

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DôyenWorld Releases Cat FunBox

It provides a comfort zone for cat and helps to reduce and alleviate stress.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Many cat owners know that keeping your feline happy and healthy includes a fun play life; and nobody understands this better than award winning designer, Justice Le, creator and founder of DôyenWorld.

Le fosters several cats so she knows a lot about their uncanny behaviors.

“Not all cats like catnip. Not all cats like treats. Not all cats like the same toys. But what they do love are boxes,” Le explained. “The cats love boxes, but I don’t want to see ugly brown boxes in my house. It made my place looks like I’m moving in or moving out. So I want to design a box that is aesthetically pleasing to compliment the home while providing a safe haven for them to feel calm and content in unfamiliar space.”

DôyenCat FunBox does just that; it provides a comfort zone for cat and helps to reduce and alleviate stress, all while keeping them mentally and physically happy and active — burning off that kitty energy. This is especially important for cat owners who work and are away from home for long periods of time. With the Dôyen Cat FunBox, cat owners can rest assured that their cat is having safe, healthy fun while they are away, and meme creators and cat photographers will love the stand-in cardboard cutout to elevate to the next level of Instagram fames.

It’s wonderful to see DôyenWorld provided a modern twist on traditional cat scratchers by combining the iconic Dôyen Cat shape with décor inspired designs while remaining true to their brand. It is made from pet safe, non-toxic, natural material with an attractive design and sturdy structure that is perfect for a cat’s everyday needs, including scratching and catnapping. FunBox is shipped flat and easy to assemble into a 14-inch cube box. Comes equipped with a long-lasting scratcher board and is available in four themes: Sushi Chef, Ocean Life, Marble, and Wood. Each one offering its own unique playtime fun for cats.

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